Just started production of the most economical car on the world which is Volkswagen XL1. Volkswagen will produce only 250 copies, each of which is expected to cost up to 110 000 euros, which is $ 146,000 in the U.S. What justifies such a high price? First of all, the uniqueness of the vehicle.
Volkswagen XL1 is the world’s first 1-liter vehicle, which means that it consumes less than 1 liter for 100 km. The XL1 offers an estimated European combined fuel consumption rating of 261 mpg (more than 200 mpg estimated in the U.S. cycle). Combining to create the exceptional frugality are its light weight (1753 pounds), impressive aerodynamics (Cd is 0.19 and 0.25 for Toyota Prius), and a low center of gravity. Plug-in hybrid system consisting of a two-cylinder TDI engine with a capacity of 48 hp and electric, 28-horsepower generator. Energy is stored in lithium-ion batteries, which allow for passing in electric mode about 31 miles distance as a zero-emissions vehicle in all-electric mode.
261 mpg fuel consumption figure is a record that has not been achieved by any other vehicle to date, showing that Volkswagen is redefining what is technically feasible in the automotive industry. Using diesel only the car is capable of up to 2.0 l/100 km (120 mpg). The XL1 also has a top speed of 99 mph (electronically limited) and can accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in 12.7 seconds. After removing the limitations, the auto can drive at up to 130 mph. Inhibition provide ceramic brake discs. Braking distance should not be long, because the car is very light.
The XL1 is very eco-friendly. It emits just 21 g/km of CO2.
Seats for the driver and front passenger are arranged next to one another, the passenger sits slightly back. Also has lifted upward gullwing door type and use of cameras in place of mirrors.
The XL1 is 153.1 inches long, 65.6 inches wide, and just 45.4 inches tall. By comparison, a Volkswagen Polo is slightly longer (156.3 in) and wider (66.2 in), but is significantly taller (57.6 in). Even a purebred sports car like today’s Porsche Boxster is 5.1 inches taller. The XL1 will look spectacular going down the highway—a car of the future, built for today.
Each copy will be produced by hand with a plastic reinforced with carbon fiber.
Volkswagen XL1 is not only a very unique technology. It will also be very exclusive. Volkswagen already sold all copies despite the incredibly high price.
Retail deliveries are scheduled to start in the second quarter of 2014. Of the 250 units to be produced, 200 will be sold to retail customers. Every of 200 pieces are already registered for potential buyers.
It must be remembered that such a project has a good chance to affect the future of popular cars and a dozen or a few decades we can all ride so economical vehicles.